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Frequently Asked Questions

Only REPOWER allows you to generate clean solar energy outside your home, and make it work in harmony with innovative smart technology inside your home. In addition to saving money with solar, our smart home technology lets you enjoy more comfortable living with automated lighting settings, temperature controls, and alerts. You can manage these features from your home display panel or via free apps included for your mobile device.

A well-designed solar system needs clear access to the sun with limited or no shading issues. You can often make a good determination yourself by identifying optimal roof lines and evaluate any shading hazards like trees, chimneys, and neighboring homes. Typically, the best orientation for solar systems is southern facing, however west or east facing may also be acceptable.

You also want to evaluate the age of your roof. If your roof is older and needs replacement, you would want to take care of that upgrade prior to installing solar. After all, your solar system will last for 25 years and likely more! Your REPOWER Advisor can help you through all of these questions.

Our integrated smart home technology includes a smart thermostat, LED smart bulbs, door/window sensors, hub, wall-mounted control center, and mobile apps.

Typically 100 square feet of roof space will generate 1 kilowatt of electricity. An average 2,500 square foot home will use 5,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year. This results in the need for a 3 kWh (AC) system, utilizing 300 square feet of roof space and will generate most of the electricity required for such a home.

Any power that you don't use from your solar electric system literally spins your meter backwards and you receive a credit from your utility company. This is called "net metering". The credits can be applied at retail rates, and in the middle of the day that means your credits stack up quickly. You then draw the power at night when rates are low.

The technology has been around for over 50 years and some of the initial solar cells are still operating today. The panels are designed to produce at least 80% of their initial power even after 25 years. The efficiency and cost has significantly improved in the last 5 years.

The Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is a reduction in the overall tax liability for individuals or businesses that make investments in a variety of pre-determined areas. For solar electric and solar water heating residential property expenditures, the credit is 30%. The ITC is applicable through 2016, with a true un-capped 30% tax credit. The ITC tax credit is realized when you file your tax returns.

Unfortunately, your solar system will not work when grid power goes down. This is a safety feature to prevent your system from electrocuting the utility workers as they try to restore your power.

The 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit is available nationwide. Additional Incentives vary by state and utility. Your proposal identifies the incentives specific to your state and utility. You should confirm the availability of the incentives and consult your tax advisor about the financial benefits you may be eligible for. REPOWER does not assume any liability for changes in incentive or tax programs or how they affect your personal situation.